Dandelion wine
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Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine (Bantam, 1976).
Better known for his genre fiction such as sci fi, Bradbury based his first novel (1957) on his childhood experiences in Waukegan, Illinois.  This is the summer of 1928 in Greentown, a small Midwestern town, for twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding. Dandelion Wine becomes symbolic of the way that the summer’s sensations are captured and preserved, a mundane weed transformed into something special.  This novel brims with nostalgia.

Google BookSearch offers a preview. Bradbury’s site offers an excerpt. Here is Wikipedia’s entry on Bradbury. This site is devoted to Bradbury’s work. Wikipedia offers an extensive summary. Here are reviews: Georges T. Dodd; sara leslie; kelley eskridge; Orrin Judd (he gives it an A+); Highlander; Zverina; Framed; and Andrew Dashin, who didn’t like it. Here is a spiritual perspective from jon zuck. Katie Reese collects all sorts of resources for teachers. Luther Blissit posted an old cover. And this is odd.

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